New hotels: The Apurva Kempinski Bali, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and more

TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Indonesia
Kempinski Hotels’ latest opening in Bali has 475 keys, starting with 256 Grand Deluxe Rooms that range from 65-80m2 in size. In the next category are the 162 Junior Suites and 14 Specialist Suites with private plunge pools. At the upper end, a selection of 43 One-, Two- and Three- Bedroom Exclusive Villas offer up to 1,379m2 of space, with private pools and lounge areas, tropical gardens with outdoor showers and access to the Villa Lounge.

Amenities include six restaurants, bars and lounges; an ocean-facing spa; fitness centre; 60m-long swimming pool; a kid’s pool; and a family club. For events, The Apurva Kempinski Bali offers a range of spaces such as a 1,076m2 pillarfree ocean-view Grand Ballroom, an outdoor 2,200m2 ocean-facing lawn and 100-seater Apurva Chapel.

The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Malaysia
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, located on the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula in Johor and part of the Desaru Coast development, has opened with 275 rooms. There are five F&B options, while recreational facilities include the Heavenly Spa by Westin complete with hydrothermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness studio.

Adjacent to the resort is the Desaru Coast Conference Centre, managed by The Westin Desaru Coast Resort. The venue has a total of 1,252m2 of fully-equipped event space with the capacity to host almost 1,400 guests. Although the showpiece of the conference centre is a grand ballroom – which can be divided into four smaller event and pre-function spaces – there are outdoor venues by the beach available as well.

Mantra Epping, Australia
This new-build in Melbourne’s north offers 214 keys across several types of rooms: Hotel Rooms, One Bedroom Apartments and Two Bedroom Interconnecting Apartments. Apartments sport extra features such as kitchen facilities, European laundry and private balconies. Guests will also have access to the Trader Café, Restaurant and Bar, Beer Republic brewhouse, meeting facilities and gym.

Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Hotel, China
Shanghai’s first Aloft hotel has launched in Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park Pudong. Its 191 rooms are equipped with a keyless mobile check-in system which enables guests to utilise their mobile phones as room keys; alongside free Wi-Fi and a 43-inch LCD TV. F&B options include all-day dining restaurant Nook; Re:fuel by Aloft, Aloft’s signature 24/7 grab-and-go facility; and the WXYZ Bar which doubles up as a social space during the day. Other facilities include a fitness centre, and seven meeting rooms totalling 890m2.

Hotel Verve, Thailand
The 17-storey Hotel Verve is a rebranding and thorough renovation of Bangkok’s Grand Tower Inn. The hotel offers 300 guestrooms, alongside F&B options such as all-day-dining venue S-SEN and a premium yakiniku restaurant. What sets the property apart is the presence of its own onsen facility – Nagare – located on the rooftop. There is also a 24-hour fitness facility on the 16th floor, and two meeting rooms on the third floor. On the second floor sits Loftimus, a modern co-working space boasting 20 individual work desks and five work rooms for up to six people per room.

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